Wine Reviews

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Quinta do Crasto Superior Red, Douro, Portugal

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Typically a blend of signature Douro Valley red grapes like Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz, and Touriga Franca, Quinta do Crasto's nails the spicy, succulent, plummy formula that makes the Douro such an attractive spot for dry reds like this. Sourced from Crasto's top plots growing on schist souls in the Douro Superior, this red has top notch touches of smoke and graphite aromas, while also providing attractive, user-friendly red fruit flavors that are simply too delicious to turn down.

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Corvezzo Organic & Vegan Prosecco Rose Extra Dry, Veneto, Italy

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Here's one that's poised to take the market by storm. Combining the red hot categories of Rose, Prosecco, drier sparkling wines, and Organic/Vegan offerings is almost certainly going to be a winning hand played by Corvezzo. Their entry in the relatively new area of Rose Prosecco is earnest, authentic, and expertly crafted, with a palate full of zing and abundantly friendly red fruit flavors. If you're looking to please a crowd, this one seems as sure a bet as you are likely to find.

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Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio Valley, Chile

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

With a mitigating influence wafting in from the coast (these vines are located just a few miles from the sea in Valle Hermoso), the site used to source Matetic's EQ Coastal Sauvignon enjoy some prime real estate in Chile. Year after year, this white delivers an ebullient nose full of white flower and tropical fruit aromas, and more than enough tangy acidity to refresh even the most weary of palates - all for a price that's always reasonable (and often a bargain).

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2020 Raeburn Rose, Russian River Valley

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Here's a Summer Slammer that won't break the bank, but doesn't lack for elegance. Raeburn's rose packs in a lot for the money - a zesty, pithy, refreshing palate, a nice hint of roundness in the mouthfeel, and plenty of floral, watermelon, and red berry aromas and flavors. As easy as this is to drink, you never for a moment feel that you're sacrificing refinement, making this a great pick for leveling up a poolside gathering during the Summer's dog days.

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Emiliana 'Coyam' Red Blend, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Chile's Emiliana is a master of organic and Biodynamic wine production, and their upper-tier Coyam red is always a delight. Able to hold its own with grilled burgers or a fine steak meal, this blend deftly walks the line between big, rich and approachable plum flavors, and complex aromatics that include spices, pepper, and green herbs.

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Domaine Bousquet Gaia Pinot Noir Rose, Tupungato, Argentina

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

There seems to be little that Domaine Bousquet *can't* do to slake the thirst of demanding wine lovers. Their Gaia line of wines offers very good value, and this rose addition is no exception. With flamboyant rose petal aromas and an energetic palate full of bright cherry and watermelon flavors, this is an easy rose to love (and to drink), while still dishing out enough complexity to satisfy those looking for something more than just refreshment from their rose selections.

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Keush Origins Brut, Vayots Dzor, Armenia

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

If the sparkling releases from Keush are any indication, Armenian fine wine is ready for its time in the spotlight. This blend of Khatoun Kharji and Voskehat (two indigenous Armenian grape varieties) is crafted in the traditional Champagne method, and exudes elegance in its refined palate, while offering up a floral bouquet and vibrant citrus, apple and white peach flavors. For the price, this is a fantastic bargain for lovers of elegant bubbles.

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Franz Gojer Glogglhof 'Kerner Karneid' Alto Adige/Sudtirol, Italy

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

If you're not familiar with Kerner, you owe it to yourself to give this under-appreciated grape variety a try during the warmer Summer months. A cross between Schiava (Vernatsch) and Riesling, this frost-resistant grape variety performs very well at higher elevations and cooler regions, and has found a spiritual home in Italy's northern Alto Adige region. This example of Kerner from Franz Gojer is a delight, full of citrus and stone fruit flavors and alluring aromatic hints of nutmeg.

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Balletto Teresa's Unoaked Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Balletto has absolutely nailed the Unoaked Chardonnay formula to the wall with this perennially over-performing label. Its notes of lemons, yellow apple, mandarin orange, wet stone, herb, spice, and toast notes are pitch-perfect, while a nice line of steely, focused acidity carries everything through the palate uninterrupted and unhindered by wood influence. It remains a great alternative for Chardonnay lovers who need a break from oak-aged takes on their favorite white grape.

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CVNE 'Monopole' Blanco, Rioja, Spain

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

This 100% Viura white has long been one of the best wine bargains in Rioja, if not all of Spain. In fact, it might be Spain’s oldest existing white wine brand, having been produced under the same name since 1915. Always a pleasure to drink, this white cuts right to the chase with refreshing aromas of white flowers and lemon, and zesty flavors of saline and yellow apple. A great option for stocking up for Summer poolside sipping.

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